with Michael Andrew
SwimOutlet Blog: Hey Michael, tell us a little about your upcoming schedule for the next few months heading into U.S. Olympic Trials?
Michael Amdrew: My schedule leading into trials is a really exciting one, which some would call crazy! I've been invited to compete at the Inaugural TYR Derby Pro Shootout last week in April (which I'm so excited for) and then we will take some time to continue preparing for trials. Beginning of June we expect to be in Europe for a few competitions including the Mare Nostrum series before it’s go time for Trials!!!
SwimOutlet Blog: What have you been focusing on at this point in your training cycle?
Michael Andrew: The main things we've been working on in my training have been my starts, turns & under waters, my back half (endurance to finish a race), and just sharpening everything up as much as we can!
By Michael Andrew
After racing Cody Miller in the 100 Breaststroke (yards) and breaking the National Age Group Record in a time of 51.71 at the AESC Elite Pro Am in Oklahoma, Doc Brent Rushall (the originator & creator of USRPT) reviewed the race footage and noticed my extremely slow turns compared to Cody’s and other top breaststrokers in my heat.Read More
It’s time for our first annual year-end SwimOutlet.com Awards, recognizing the best in aquatics for this calendar year. So we looked back on some of the best performances, funniest moments and best products that we saw in 2015. Here’s our list – hot off the press – just in time for New Years!
Brent Hayden is a world champion, Commonwealth Games champion and Olympic bronze medalist who finished third in the 100m freestyle at the 2012 London Games under unlikely circumstances. His perseverance through tough competitive times and some unlucky breaks earlier in his career made Hayden’s bronze medal in London all the more special.
We caught up with the Canadian freestyle legend in time for the launch of our latest Gold Medal Delivery video and with the start of the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Ontario just days away.Read More
By Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 Olympic triathlete
I have been a pro triathlete for 11 years and each day I have two ultimate goals that I work towards:
1) Be the best athlete that I can be;
2) Represent my country at the Olympics
As an athlete, the opportunity to compete in the Olympics comes around once every four years when the lucky few get to compete for a spot on their country’s Olympic team. I had the opportunity to represent the United States in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics and I just missed the team in 2012 despite being ranked #1 in the U.S. I am going for it again in 2016 and I will be sharing my experiences on that road with you.Read More
Behind every great swimmer there's an even greater swim mom. She nags you to get ready for your event an hour ahead of time, she's screaming in the background of the home video from that swim meet in 1995, and she forces you to go to practice when swimming is the absolute last thing that you want to do.
Although sometimes all you want to do is hide from her in the locker room, we could not live without our swim moms. Here's why;
1. She voluntarily becomes the swim taxi, shuttling you to and from practice. Twice a day, everyday.
2. She comes equipped with pre-practice snacks.
3. She buys you the newest tech suit, even if it means she can't buy herself those shoes she's been eyeing all summer.
4. She is your biggest (and loudest) cheerleader. Even if you can't see her you know she'll be at the end of your lane for every race, cheering you on.Read More
by Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 Olympic Triathlete
As we head into the fall season it is a great time to start road cycling! As a sport, cycling has very low impact and very low stress on the body compared to running and the two are comparable aerobically. It can be a great way to get outside and check out the changing leaves.
Cycling also has a lower heart rate compared to running, so overall it can be easier to be outside for longer.
ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET
First things first, NEVER ride without a helmet. There is NO reason you should be without one. One slip or fall or car you do not see and a helmet WILL save you from head injury.
Coaches are the backbone of any swim team. They offer motivation, support, advice, praise and criticism.
Without a swim coach, many swimmers might not have the self-discipline and determination necessary to achieve success.
For that reason, SwimOutlet.com has teamed up with the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) – the organization of high school swim coaches – to celebrate a monthly SwimOutlet.com Interscholastic Coach of the Month Award.
For July, we would like to acknowledge coach Howard Schein from Urbana, Illinois who has been a dedicated coach for 14 years!Read More
The Telly Awards has named the “Swim Like a Champion” DVD series – available online exclusively at SwimOutlet.com – as a Silver Winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards. “Swim Like a Champion” was produced by The Fitter & Faster Swim Tour presented by SwimOutlet.com together with Championship Productions and has been the best-selling training video on SwimOutlet.com since its launch last December.Read More
More and more swimmers are turning to yoga for flexibility training as part of their dryland practice regimen. Here at SwimOutlet.com HQ, we have launched our sister site YogaOutlet.com and our friends over at MyYogaWorks.com have offered us a special prize to a lucky reader to celebrate and a one-month trial for everyone!
Simply tell us if you practice yoga for flexibility training by 11:59pm PT on July 15 - or have you thought about it? Let us know in the comments below and you’ll be enter to win an incredible 1-year free subscription to MyYogaWorks online classes!
And everyone can try MyYogaWorks free for 1 month! Enter the promo code MYWSWIM during the registration process. (Offer expires 9/30/14. Valid on monthly plans only. Credit card required to register. Credit card is not charged until free trial period has ended. Cancel anytime.)Read More
Hey guys! It’s Mark Gangloff and I am back with another product review. Let me start this post by thanking everyone who gave feedback on my last post. Your comments, questions, and general interest have gotten me even more excited about continuing to share my own experience and thoughts with you about the products that I choose and love. I hope you will enjoy this review just as much!
This review will be a little bit different from the last one, as it is not about equipment that I use in the pool. Instead, it is an out-of-water, out-of-practice piece of equipment. Yet, it’s VITAL to my success. I have been swimming for the last 22 years and I have never had any major injuries. One of the most common questions that I am asked is, "How do you prevent injuries?" My answer is always, "I get regular massages." Most people think (and sometimes even say), "Oh he is an Olympian and is entitled to a fancy massage." I have to explain to them that while I do get a massage every two weeks, the majority of massages I do myself. I give myself some sort of massage at least every other day – if not every day.
While this review is not intended to be a teaching session, I must say this: DO NOT WALK OFF DECK WITH TIGHT MUSCLES. IT MAKES TOMORROW MUCH HARDER. While stretching does help, I find a combination of stretching and massage is what really allows me to maintain high levels of performance day in and day out.
During this review, I am going to be speaking specifically about three of the products that SwimOutlet carries:
There are 18 different foam rollers and massagers on Swimoutlet.com, but many of them are variations of the same product. So I will review these three categories and will do my best to make suggestions about the other products along the way. I will start this review with the most general type of massager and move onto massagers great for specific uses.
First and foremost: Why use a self-massager? The main reason for using a self-massager is for myofacial release, which is a fancy way of saying “relaxing tight muscles.” The other, less obvious reason to use a self-massager is to warm up before a workout. In fact, I use one kind of massager for warming up and another for muscle relaxation. I’ll explain my reasoning throughout the review.
Here we go…Read More
Here at the SwimOutlet.com headquarters in San Jose, CA, we got a conference room makeover with an Olympic swimming themed mural painted by artist Morgan Bricca. She based the mural off a real image from the 2012 London Olympics to capture the essence of Olympic swimming. Watch the video to see the mural come to life.
More information about Murals by Morgan can be found at her website.Read More
We made a list and checked it twice. With the end of the year upon us, we thought we’d look back on some of the best viral videos from 2012. Enjoy some laughs and Happy New Year from SwimOutlet.com
#10 - Elon Swim Club goes Gangnam StyleRead More
It’s the biggest video phenomenon of all time, here’s the swimming version!
#9 - Tony Azevedo's Lamborghini Trick Shot Video
See U.S.A. Water Polo star Tony Azevedo pull off quite an unbelievable trick shot during a kids clinic in California.
#8 - Breaking the Ice
A man cannonballs into a frozen pool. Watch it and wince!
#7 - Matt Grevers' On Deck Proposal
How about this for catching your girlfriend by surprise! Great work from Olympic champion Matt Grevers.
#6 - The Meaning of Jeah!
Ryan Lochte takes us through the various interpretations and meanings of his own addition to Webster’s Dictionary: “JEAH”
NovCheck out the workout that’s been written up nation-wide by Men’s Fitness, USA Today... and even WebMD!Eleven-time Olympic medalist and our favorite grill-wearing swimmer, Ryan Lochte, is legendary for his tough and fanatical dry land work-outs. Now you, too, can follow along with the same training regimen that helped Lochte win multiple golds at the 2012 London Games.Ryan Lochte’s Hard-CORE workout focuses on strengthening the core, an important part of a swimmer's body. Sculpt the core of your physique and allow the rest of your body to follow.You can do the workouts in the comfort and privacy of your own home -- with no need to buy weights.It’s the perfect stocking-stuffer for winter training or to prepare for the upcoming summer season. Competitive or recreational swimmers and fitness buffs alike will all enjoy Ryan Lochte’s Hard-CORE training video, helping them achieve their desired physique and “abs of steel.”Purchase here: http://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/46758.htm
Another Gold Medal Delivery strikes again, this time in the water polo community! SwimOutlet.com and Tony Azevedo – four-time Olympic water polo player – partnered up to make a surprise delivery of free SwimOutlet.com gear to water polo players... in a Lamborghini!
The delivery took place in Thousand Oaks, CA during a regularly scheduled practice. Tony also got into water, did some drills with the kids, and gave an inspirational speech.
Check out the newly published Gold Medal Delivery with Tony Azevedo here::
Under the "Gold Medal Delivery" initiative, SwimOutlet.com is giving teams across the nation a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with an Olympian and receive free product, courtesy of SwimOutlet.com. These deliveries are documented on video and available to view on SwimOutlet.com. The goal of these surprise deliveries are to show the human side of Olympians and inspire impressionable young swimmers in a positive way.
Where should SwimOutlet.com make its next Gold Medal Delivery?! If you would like to suggest a swim or water polo team, please submit their details here.
Q&A with Tony Azevedo - Ask your question here!
Need any water polo tips? Have a question for Tony? For the next few weeks, Tony Azevedo will be answering fan questions here. Just submit your question in the comments section below.
From April to June, we held our Omaha Video Contest. The videos were aimed at promoting a positive message about the sport of swimming. It was a success! Contestants were asked to submit a video responding to the question: "How has swimming inspired you?" The grand prize winner received an all-expenses paid trip to Omaha for Swim Trials (a $6,000 value including flight, hotel, 2 tickets to the meets, and $150 spending cash per day)! We received a lot of video entries. Our judges had a tough decision to make, but finally came to a verdict. Continue Reading...
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